Position Title: Director of Finance
FLSA Status: Exempt; Full-time
Location: Kern County
Reports to: Executive Director
Pay Range: $90,000 – $110,000

The Organization
The Dolores Huerta Foundation (DHF) is a growing 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to inspire and organize communities to build volunteer organizations empowered to pursue social justice. DHF is based in Bakersfield, California. We organize in the Counties of Tulare, Fresno, Kern, and the high desert area of Los Angeles County. We are seeking a Director of Finance who is passionate about supporting this work.

Position Summary
The Director of Finance is responsible for overseeing the financial operations of the Dolores Huerta Foundation. Working closely with the finance team and the Executive Director, the Director of Finance develops both short and long-term financial plans. Manage all phases of grants and contracts administration including, awards administration, budget creation maintenance, monitoring and reporting. The Director of Finance will maintain relationships with designated external funding managers and program officers. Helps compile financial and non-financial data for the preparation of internal reports, compliance reports, and grant billings/reports.

Director of Finance reports to the Executive Director and provides administrative support to the Finance Team, Board of Directors, specifically the Budget and Finance Committee and the Investment Committee in an ex officio capacity. The Director of Finance is also responsible for maintaining all appropriate licensing and insurances and protects the organization’s assets by overseeing the current inventory of DHF’s fixed assets.

Position Responsibilities

Financial Administration:
– Administer contracts, subcontracts and grants.
– Ensure all designated fiscal reports are prepared and submitted in accordance with contract or grant requirements.
– Verify general ledger detail accurately reflects program activity and submit accurate invoices to ensure timely payments.
– Responsible for ensuring that payments to sub-recipients and vendors comply with grant/contract requirements.
– Act as DHF’s liaison with designated funders on financial matters.
– Provide financial reports to present to the DHF Board of Directors on a quarterly basis.
– Determine the capacity needs of the finance team, including which workstreams should be handled in-house and which, if any, should be outsourced

– Collaborate with cross-functional teams developing proposals to ensure budgets are realistic, and narratives are in line with the budget.  Establish budget requirements, ensure DHF’s budgeting standards are met, and determine how to monitor and report use of funds to the awarding agency.
– Develop relationships internally and externally to foster understanding and effective
communication of DHF’s programs and their relevance to the outcomes in the strategic plan.
– Attend regular meetings with finance and program staff to ensure compliance by reviewing spending against contracts and grants, complete budget updates, and schedule invoicing.

Accounting Functions:
– Improving and developing financial policies, procedures and processes
– Appropriate delegation of roles and responsibilities of the finance team.
– Responsible for oversight of AR/AP, purchasing, accounting, cash management and sound business practices in general.
– Responsible for oversight of document retention and retrieval of AR/AP, payroll, and grants for audits in accordance with best practices.
– Act as primary contact with external auditors and accountants to complete annual audits and tax filings. Review final submission to auditors.
– Manage and coordinate with DHF finance team and staff to delegate audit requests as appropriate.
– Manage the tracking and accounting for fixed assets and other real and personal property.
– Assist with annual insurance renewals and liaison with insurance brokers to approve insurance provisions of contracts and obtain Certificate of Insurances.
– Manage renewal of organizational liability insurance policies to mitigate financial risk
– Manage relationships with external finance partners, including banks, auditors, organizational insurers, and other financial service providers

The ideal candidate will have the following skills and experiences:
– This position requires a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in accounting or related field; and 5 years of experience in nonprofit contract/grant administration experience including successfully managing complex grants and contracts from conception to conclusion.
– Strong knowledge of state and federal audit requirements, such as Federal OMB CFR-200 requirements.
– Knowledge of GAAP Accounting practices and procedures
– Knowledge of various government agencies and systems and how to effectively navigate these  systems for proposal submission and payment processing.
– Knowledge of Quickbooks, ADP, and other grants, accounting software a plus.
– Experience working with federal grants or cooperative agreements.
– Experience with creating fiscal budgets.
– Demonstrated experience evaluating internal controls.
– Experience in cost accounting and financial management systems.
– Intermediate skill level user of Google Suites, Word, and PowerPoint.
– Advanced Excel skills including formula writing, required.
– Possess personal initiative and work collaboratively as a member of a diverse, multi-cultural team.
– Superior analytical and problem-solving skills and the ability to exercise effective professional judgment.
– Strong interpersonal, communication, and writing skills.
– Ability to effectively collaborate with internal and external teams and influence budget decisions.
– Demonstrated ability to perform as a team player in a fast paced environment, be self-motivated and resourceful; must be able to effectively manage multiple tasks with conflicting priorities and deliver on time.

Job Specific Competencies

  • Strategic Thinking: Possesses a broad understanding of organizational strategic planning, implementation and evaluation.
  • Leadership: Demonstrates understanding of a variety of leadership and management principles and practices.
  • Mission Focus: Possesses advanced knowledge and understanding of the challenges and opportunities relating to the mission of the organization.
  • Technical Skill: Advanced computer skills, including google suite
  • Communication: Communicates clearly, both verbally and in writing. Is an effective public speaker. Communicates effectively and professionally among all levels of the organization and the public. Bilingual (Spanish and English) applicants preferred.
  • Ethical Practice: Models the highest level of ethics, integrity, DHF values and social responsibility.
  • Relationship Management: Demonstrated experience working with staff at all levels in a collaborative, environment; commitment and ability to promote and sustain positive workplace values and relationships
  • Interpersonal Skills: Ability to work well under-pressure, remain calm and controlled when faced with difficult situations. Strives for immediate address.

Organizational Competencies

Alignment with DHF values: Understanding and appreciation of Dolores Huerta’s legacy and the farmworker’s movement is foundational to staff’s commitment to working with our BIPOC children, families and communities. Demonstrates respect for and appreciation of social justice history, and community organizing culture, understanding its implication in one’s work, in fostering meaningful relationships, and in embracing the community served.

  • Social Justice – We strive to achieve equity of distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges in our society by dismantling systems of oppression, protecting Mother Earth, and building a true democracy that values human rights including a person’s right to love whomever they wish to love.
  • Self Determination – We believe in the right of people to choose and be empowered to create their own destiny.
  • Democracy – We believe in political representation, freedom, and equity, everyone has an equal voice in organizations and governance.
  • Collective Action – We believe there is a mighty power in people organizing together towards a common goal.
  • Volunteerism – We believe that giving of your own time, without compensation, towards the benefit of others and your community serves as its own reward.
  • Non-violence – We believe in the use of peaceful action, without violence, to bring about political or social change.
  • Feminism We believe in the social, economic and political equality of all genders; including women’s right to control their own bodies and the right to abortion.
  • Yes We Can! – We always act with hope in the belief that what may seem unachievable can be accomplished.

Group Benefits

Comprehensive Medical, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance
75% of Medical premiums paid by DHF
Paid Life Insurance
401(k), Retirement Plan with Employer Match

Additional Benefits
Up to 2 weeks paid vacation during the first year of employment
Internal learning and development programs

To Apply
Send resume, cover letter and 3 references to humanresources@doloreshuerta.org
Type “Director of Finance” in the subject line.

The Dolores Huerta Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and strives to attract qualified applicants without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, military and veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state and/or local law.







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